Hall of Fame Professional Football Coach. A native of Texas, he served during World War II as a bomber pilot with the 493rd Bomber Group - 860th Bomber Squadron. He flew 30 missions. After the war he attended the University of Texas. In 1949 he played for the New York Yankees in the old All-America Conference. That league folded and Landry played for the New York Giants from 1950 through 1955, the last two years as a player coach. He is credited with inventing the 4-3 defense which is most used in football today. In 1960 he became the first coach of the expansion Dallas Cowboys, a team that he would coach for 29 years, during which won 13 division titles and he took the team to 5 Super Bowls, winning 2. On at least 2 other occasions he missed going to the Super Bowl on the last play of the decided game. He was known as a defensive genius and under his coaching the Cowboys always had a great defense. He started out with seven losing seasons in Dallas, but wound up his career with a record of 270-178-6. Member of the pro football Hall of Fame.
Bio by: Al DelVecchio